Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s absence from the Spurs side could come to an end this weekend with reports that he will not need surgery on his troublesome knee. BAE has been out for six weeks and it was claimed that an operation would be necessary in order to clear bone fragments but that has been avoided for now at least.
Benny has hardly missed a game over the last few seasons and if we were under the old regime, it would seem certain that the Cameroon international would walk straight back into the side. In his absence however, Jan Vertonghen has moved from the centre of defence and slotted in seamlessly on the left.
Jan has said himself that he has no ambition to play at left back on a permanent basis but if BAE is fully fit, it will be interesting to see what AVB has in mind for the Chelsea game.